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No-No Offense

“The lineup we’ve got on the field tonight is our lineup. If that lineup doesn’t hit then we’re in trouble.”Charlie Manuel.

A few things about last night’s 3-0 loss to the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, where Hiroki Kuroda carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning:

  • The Phillies have been no-hit through four innings in four of their last seven games. “It seems like we go through five innings real quick,” Manuel said. “Nothing happens.”
  • They have been no-hit through five innings or longer four times this season.
  • They have lost seven of their last 12 games. That rough stretch can be pinned almost entirely on the offense. The Phillies have hit just .184 and scored just 28 runs (2.3 per game) since Aug. 18. The pitching staff has a sparkling 2.62 ERA in that span.
  • They have been shut out 11 times this season. That’s the most since they suffered 11 shutout losses in 1998.
  • They have been one-hit three times.
  • Reds pitcher Travis Wood lost a perfect game in the ninth inning July 10 at Citizens Bank Park, Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka lost a no-hitter in the eighth inning May 23 at the Bank and Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey lost a no-hitter in the sixth inning Aug. 14.

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Roy Halladay had no frustration in his voice, but it sure sounded like things are getting frustrating for Phillies pitchers.

“It’s one of those things we’ve been going through,” he said. “I think going out you definitely feel like we need to do a good job of keeping the game close as a starter. I think the (Rod) Barajas run, at that point in the game the way (Kuroda) was throwing, it seemed to be a little too much. Yes, it’s something we’re going through as a team. Hopefully, we can get things going a little bit.”

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Perfection!

halladay 0529 2010.jpgA few thoughts on Roy Halladay‘s perfect game:

  • It’s the 20th perfect game in baseball history, which is only eight more men than have walked on the moon.
  • Good to see Halladay smile.
  • I’ve seen pitchers carry no-hitters into the seventh inning before and I’m like, “OK, somebody is going to get a hit here.” And somebody always does.” I only started to think Daisuke Matsuzaka would throw a no-hitter May 22 when Carlos Ruiz hit into a line drive double play in the eighth inning. Juan Castro hit a broken-bat flare into left field in the following at-bat. But there was a different feeling when Halladay carried a perfect game into the seventh. This is going to happen. Nobody is going to get on base here.
  • Cool to hear Halladay give Jamie Moyer some credit for the suggestions he made in between starts.
  • Guess we’ll be hearing much less about pitch counts, right?
  • The Phillies have thrown one perfect game and one no-hitter since I started covering the Phillies. I’ve missed both. I started covering the Phillies for The Philadelphia Inquirer in April 2003. The first game I ever missed as a beat writer Kevin Millwood threw his no-hitter against the Giants at the Vet. I was flying to LA at the time because the Phillies opened a series the following night at Dodger Stadium. I remember getting into my rental car, finding the Dodgers game and hearing Vin Scully say, “And in Philadelphia, Kevin Millwood has a no-hitter through eight innings!” I almost drove my car off the road. And the Halladay perfect game? I typically get one road series off a month. Taking off this series made the most sense because it split up a three-city, nine-game trip. But at least I got to watch it while having an adult beverage or two over the holiday weekend.

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